What an Easter Monday Faith Looks Like

‘Do not abandon yourselves to despair —

We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song!’

~ John Paul II

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‘All new life comes out of the dark places, and hasn’t it always been?

Out of darkness, God spoke forth creation. That wheat round and ripe across all these fields, they swelled as hope embryos in womb of the black earth. Out of the dark, tender life unfurled.

All new life labors out of the very bowels of darkness.

The fullest life itself dawns from nothing but Calvary darkness — and out of tomb-black breaks the radiance of Easter morning.

Out of the darkness of the cross, the world transfigures into new life.

And there is no other way.

It is dark suffering’s umbilical cord that alone can untether new life.

It is suffering that has the realest possibility to bear down and deliver grace.

And grace that chooses to bear the cross of suffering overcomes that suffering.

My pain, my dark—all the world’s pain, all the world’s dark—it might actually taste sweet to the tongue, be the genesis of new life.

And emptiness itself can birth the fullness of grace because in the emptiness we have the opportunity to turn to God, the only begetter of grace.

And there find all the fullness of joy.

So God transfigures all the world …

Darkness transfigures into light, bad transfigures into good, grief transfigures into grace.

And empty transfigures into full…”



~ excerpt from One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are



Sun’s rising after Resurrection Sunday on a Monday world where everything’s changed…

Easter Monday faith believes that in impossible darks — impossible light sparks.

Easter Monday faith believes that the tombs places of our life — are but womb places for new life.

Easter Monday faith believes that Christ tenderly takes our doubts — and says touch my scars

This faith believes in stones that roll, in grave clothes that fall, in an Easter people who sing hard hallelujahs

because we believe in resurrections always coming.


~ 2nd degree burns on my hand while making Easter dinner — so from the archives today. Thank you for grace, for prayers…

Print out April’s Joy Dare!


Why bother?

Why bother keeping a gratitude list of His gifts?

Because if you keep a gratitude list, you:

1. Have a relative absence of stress and depression. (Woods et al., 2008)

2. Make progress towards important personal goals (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)

3. Report higher levels of determination and energy (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)

4. Feel closer in their relationships and desire to build stronger relationships (Algoe and Haidt, 2009)

5. Increase your happiness by 25%(Who wouldn’t want a quarter more happiness!) (McCullough et al., 2002)

Who doesn’t want all that? Just three gifts a day. Best gifts in April is finding joy in Him and His daily grace!

… that habit of discontentment, it can only be driven out by hammering in iron that is even sharper —

The sleek pin of gratitude.” ….

~ {One Thousand Gifts}

Print April’s Joy Dare … Print out the whole year of Joy Dares

Blog your 1000 gifts, or tag #1000 gifts on Instagram, or join us on Mondays and link up to the list on your blog, or record a legacy of your 1000 gifts in the new numbered journal, and, if you’d like to be entered into the monthly draw for a JOY BASKET mailed out to you (including a $100 Amazon gift card), share your gifts everyday in the Facebook Gratitude community (everyday we post 3 prompts of what gifts you could look for #JOYDARE!) … and next year (after recording only 3 gifts a day) … be back here to enter for the camera! Give thanks to Him in the assembly!

Join us — and happily change everything by keeping your own crazy list of One Thousand Gifts

Giving thanks in everything because we fiercely believe that Christ can redeem anything.


Join us? And happily change everything by keeping your own crazy list of One Thousand Gifts? Dare you to Joy! Take the dare to Fully Live!
1. Grab this month’s Free JOY DARE Calendar with 3 daily prompts to go on a scavenger hunt for God’ gifts … {or write down any gifts you choose. Use the free app.} 2. Count 3 gifts a day and you have over #1000gifts in 2013. Jot them down in the new numbered One Thousand Gifts devotional journalThe Farmer’s writing in his with a red pen and daily – the numbers in the journal already there! Motivating… 3. Share your gifts everyday in our beautiful Facebook community to enter everyday for the monthly $100 Amazon draw (or link to your blog post with your list of gifts). 4. Count #1000gifts in 2013 and enter to win a Nikon DSLR camera with lens. Slow Down. Savor Life. Give thanks. Believing something is one thing. But the Best only comes when you decide to Be Living it. Please, jump in, make your life about giving thanks to God! — Just add the direct URL to your specific 1000 gift list post… and if you join us, we humbly ask that you please help us find each other in our refrain of thanks by sharing the community’s graphic within your post.
Give thanks to the Lord! His Love Endures Forever!

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